How have things changed over the life of this blog?
There are also some who fear that the criminal world will devise a method of filching lots of small sums from people's wave-and-pay plastic money pots.
Here is the sequence of information on South Western Railway as of 1400 yesterday, taken from fbb's phone.
... the right kind of leaves for the trees!
you possibly wouldn't do on the phome because they are too fiddly.
But nowhere are the timetables that the anguished traveller is exhorted to check.
Users of a "proper" computer will find plenty more about what is happening ...
Trains towards London Waterloo will run earlier between the stations shown below.
Services will be altered Monday to Sunday unless shown.
From Guildford to Hinchley Wood.
From Guildford to Bookham (Sunday only).
From Reading to Sunningdale
(also Longcross Monday to Friday).
From Windsor to Sunnymeads.
From Dorking (earlier start from there only).
... and so on. But fbb's line seems completely unchanged, even down to trains to SAILSBURY (sic).
Altered train times are shown in green type in the current timetables except for the following re-issued timetables. These are available from staffed stations on the affected routes or can be downloaded from the links below.
Does this make sense? There follows a full list of ALL SWR timetable leaflets.
Is fbb's local timetable current or re-issued? Guess!
Although it looks "normal" (Salisbury normally misspelled!) there ARE changes with some morning trains running three minutes early ...
... to give them time to skid a bit on the leafy grease on the rail head. But, thankfully, these adjustments will not affect Seatonians.
Is this all easy to find on a mobile phone?
But let's be positive. Sheffield correspondent Roy sent a picture from Marple station of a timetable rack WITH BUS LEAFLETS.
So it can be done - perhaps! More about Marple tomorrow.
This poster was photographed on Brough Station (thanks Roy).
Clearly it is of immense help to the travelling public. There are no buses outside the station entrance but the "Onward Travel" poster (on-line, fbb doesn't know if there is one at the station) gives services "correct at August 2016" (click to enlarge the list).
A comparison with the list indexed on Traveline is "of interest".
But which is right?
Over the years we have had a logo ...
... a commission ...
... conferences ...
... campaign groups ...
... and impressively named local authorities.
But have we had integrated transport? Hardly - with some minor exceptions, mostly in the big cities.
More "independent" operators have fallen by the wayside and big operators have often cut back, withdrawing from marginal routes and from evening and Sunday operation. Local authorities have reduced their spend on buses and the government, always anxious to reduce congestion, has cut back its various grants for bus travel.
Rail travel has grown year on year despite the increasing complexity of the fares "system". Rail companies tell us they want to offer is the cheapest fare available; which is a complete lie. Meanwhile thousands of passengers each month are paying more than they need because they simply cannot understand how to manage the tsunami of information that engulfs them.
Since fbb started blogging, diesel engines have fallen out of favour and, in response, the Government has largely abandoned the electrification of our railway network.
And fbb dare not mention the lack of printed publicity because he has oft been branded out-of-date, living in the past, not with it etc etc.
One thing is absolutely certain; the straightforward availability of basic public transport information, viz a timetable, is far worse now than in 2010 - and it was poor back then.
Hey ho! Here's to another 2,500 blogs?